This may at first strike you as an overly vain blog post, but I promise you it is not. This is more about the comfort and health of your legs than the look of them. For the first time in my life, I am spending two full months at the beach. The sunsets are incredible, the full moon on the water is amazing, the warm Gulf is therapeutic and I am sure that my Vitamin D levels are at record highs.
there is one thing that is not so grand these days…it is razor burn.
Razor burn can be caused by a dull razor, improper protection of the hair follicles when shaving or even just shaving against the grain (which most of us do to get a nice clean shave). Razor burn is typically characterized by small red bumps that usually sting. However, these same symptoms can also be folliculitis – which is inflammation of the hair follicles typically caused by bacteria. Bacteria is all around us, on us and in us; but when the wrong bacteria makes its way to the wrong spot, it can cause big problems. While folliculitis may look similar to razor burn, it will typically last a much longer time and needs more attention. The bacterial culprit can reach the area through a bunch of methods including a razor, pool water, a towel, or even tight clothing and sweating.
I am spending a lot of time in a bathing suit and enduring a lot more shaving than the normal for me. So, I am taking extra precautions to make sure my legs stay beach ready.
My Summer Beach Legs Routine
First, for shaving, I always use Castille soap (it is my body wash too). Castille soap allows a nice glide for me and does not strip the skin of its natural oils. (Chris uses it to shave his face too and really likes it!)
I always use coconut oil to moisturize my legs after shaving. Coconut oil is considered fairly high as a comedogenic on skin. What does that mean? Comedogenicity is the ability of a substance, when applied to skin, to create a comedone. In laymen’s terms, the ability of a substance to clog pores. Comedogenicity is debatable, and my personal belief is that it varies among people and skin types. For me, I have no problem with coconut oil on my body, however, I can not use it on my face. After showering, I always apply straight coconut oil as a moisturizer for my body – this particularly helps me when applied after shaving. Although debatable, some believe that coconut oil has a low SPF level too as a bonus!
I am spending A LOT of time in a bathing suit lately. And the problem with bathing suits is that they are tight on the bikini line, and let’s face it ladies, that is downright uncomfortable! That tight fit can really wreak havoc too. So, after shaving, I add 1 drop of grapefruit essential oil to about half a teaspoon of sweet almond oil and apply directly to that area to maintain healthy skin. Since it is a more sensitive area for comedogenecity, I do not use coconut oil. If I was dealing with the issue, I would add 1 drop of tea tree instead of grapefruit and apply that mixture twice a day. It would also be a good idea to take a break from shaving. A word of caution, grapefruit is consider photosensitive, so be careful in the sun and be sure to apply sunscreen.
Hello, my name is Jen, and I have an addiction. I can’t seem to throw things out until I feel they are completely worn out, or even beyond worn out. Chris actually nicknames me ‘Orphan Annie’ when he finds some of the ridiculous things I am trying to get a little more use out of. I am in recovery from this sort of addiction, and as a part of that, I am trying to get over being “frugal” about shaving razors. It is not worth the razor burn, or even worse yet, folliculitis. Pitch it and get a new one. I am trying to convince myself of that new mantra.
My eyes have been turned toward our towels more often. We are using our beach and bath towels a lot more often, as we are cycling through needing to dry off more frequently. As such, I am being more diligent about washing them more frequently. Or at least I am making an effort to be more diligent.
A Special Note on Armpits
It is not just your legs that can suffer, but any area where there are hair follicles. The most typical other spot for women to have issues is the armpits, since we shave there as well. In my armpits, if I notice some burn, I apply aloe vera. That serves as my deodorant until it clears up, which is usually only a day for me. Since I have been using my homemade natural deodorant for years now, I have noticed that my pits are just much more pleasant generally. Pleasant pits??? Yep. My personal belief is that after that initial detox period, they now balance themselves much better and have remained so for years now. So, aloe vera works just fine when needed to allow the healing to occur.
Thanks for joining me for another Self Care Sunday! I hope this article saves your hair follicles a lot of grief!
Will you be enjoying the beach this summer? Any tips for keeping your skin healthy?